May 20, 2016

Friday Round Up - 20th May, 2016

This week on Friday Round Up a preview to the 2016 Auckland Festival of Photography, which runs 2-24 June plus a look at the second edition of Photo London which is on this weekend. But first a photo essay on refugees from Central America.

Photo Essay:
Joseph Sorrentino - Walking to America

Currently featured on Social Documentary Network is this insightful and at times harrowing photo essay by Joseph Sorrentino who has been documenting Central American migrants travelling through Mexico since 2012. When he began this project Sorrentino says, "the vast majority rode the cargo trains known as La Bestia: The Beast. Despite facing a horrific journey—it’s estimated that 80% of refugees were attacked, 60% of women raped, people are killed falling off trains—virtually every train had hundreds of people clinging to it." 

On returning to Mexico in 2015 Sorrentino discovered the trains virtually empty. "Police, immigration agents and even army units are now preventing people from riding La Bestia, sometimes using brutal methods. These include pulling people off trains with long hooks, using Tasers and even shooting refugees. People are taking even more dangerous routes and literally walking to America". This is the refugee crisis no one is talking about says Sorrentino. 

(C) All photos Joseph Sorrentino

Festival: Preview
Auckland Festival of Photography

"Shame" Russ Flatt

This annual festival in the magic habour city of Auckland on New Zealand's north island goes from strength to strength. This year more than 100 exhibitions and events provide visitors with an expansive programme that features both local and international artists working across photographic genres.

The 2016 theme is HOME, which Auckland Festival of Photography's (AFP) public participation director Julia Durkin says, "is a rich and complex one to explore. In Auckland we are having to grapple with regional growth, fading dreams of home ownership, migrant hopes and expectations, and refugees searching for new identity. These elements all feed into the ‘conversation’ that this year’s HOME content provides audiences”.

AFP's Signature series of exhibitions showcases 25 New Zealand-based photographers. There are also 18 Talking Culture events with presentations from leading experts from India, China, New Zealand, Singapore, USA and Australia. 

"AFP has become the most significant visual arts event in the New Zealand winter calendar...and includes but goes beyond the major galleries, involving Auckland-based photographers in its extensive fringe programme of 44 exhibitions. AFP is also building a unique archive of the region thanks to the popular appeal of AFP’s annual Nikon Auckland Photo Day competition."

New works by this year's recipient of AFP's Annual Commission by Sacred Hill, Russ Flatt, will also be premiered on opening night at Silo6 in Wynyard Quarter along with an international line up, selected by New York-based curator Simone Douglas: USA-based artist collaborative Lin +Lam, and Australia-based Shan Turner-Carrol, Shoufay Derz and Eva Marosy-Weide as well as Anna Carey, Ian Strange and Sean Lowry.
Here's a peek at what's on show. For more information on the festival visit the AFP website. To find out more about each exhibition below click on the relevant link.

Ian Strange - HOME

Arthur Ou - HOME


Laurence Aberhart - Celebrating Wood

Kate van der Drift - Eventual Efflorescence

Sim Chi Yin - The Rat Tribe

Talking Cultures Series

Wen Huang PhD, Chair of Jury 2014 and co-founder China International Press Photo

Europe refugees - Sergey Ponomarev - Russia - Picture of the Year CHIPP 2016 Freelance/The New York Times

Photo London

The second edition of Photo London opened yesterday and is on until Sunday. L'Oeil de la Photographie previewed the Fair and you can read the full story here. But for now, here are some of the visual highlights.

Sheep going to slaughter, early morning near the Caledonian Road, London 1965, Don McCullin courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery

Manchester, 1967 by Shirley Baker, courtesy The Photographers’ Gallery London

From the series Imprisoned Women (1991-1993) by Adriana LesVdo, courtesy Rolf Art Buenos Aries

David Bowie and Kate Moss 2005 by Ellen von Unwerth, courtesy Camera Work Berlin

By Night, Shining Wool and Towering Heel, Evelyn Tripp, New York by Lillian Bassman  
Ori Gersht. Floating World, Lost World, Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Art

Giles, The Pharmacy. Courtesy Eleven Fine Art
Handstand on Michel, 1948 by Jurgen Schadeberg, Blanca Berlin, Madrid

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